Category: <span>Brighton</span>

Yikes! I never did get round to posting what happened with my Swap With Me project. After swapping a whole bunch with lots of lovely people around the world through the post, I ended up hand making a book on the whole process and using it for our end-of-degree shows. We had two – one in Brighton with the rest of the art school, and an independent one organised by the class, in London. I did something interactive for both shows, inviting visitors to take away a piece of my work in exchange for leaving something behind.





The take side was filled up with all sorts of things I’d made – digital and lino prints, zines, and badges.



I kept popping into the space every now and again through the two weeks that the Brighton show was up. It was such a joy to discover what people had left behind for me. I had a shelf with paper and coloured pencils so visitors could do a quick drawing if they fancied it, and this turned out to be my favourite part – so many people left drawings that I had to keep topping up the big stack of paper. I scanned all the drawings at the end, so one day I’ll pop some of those up.


The packaging and envelopes that postal-swaps had been sent to me in made their way into the display.



Some snippets of objects and drawings people left for me:








London show:

The London show I did something pretty similar. We had it in The Rose Lipman building on the hottest week in the summer, so building everything, as you can imagine, was a real treat (!). Amelia’s Magazine did a post about the show, where my work got a quick mention.







I wish I’d managed to get more photos of the rest of the show, but it was all very rush-rush till the opening night, and then it was so hectic and rammed with people the whole night! Here’s a quote in the hallway, and a peep of the top room and the film room that was absolutely filled with screens. My class has a lot of super talented film makers so it was only right that there was a dedicated dark room for them.


Art & Illustration Brighton


I’m gonna spend a wee bit of time introducing you to the work of my good friend and (now former) classmate Holly Macdonald. Holly creates a fresh kind of political cartoon along side her more straight forward illustration work – in the form of playful sculptures, gifs, newspapers, and interactive installations.



Back in May she had a solo exhibition at It Is What It Is in Brighton. It Is What It Is is a venue for one-week pop up shops and projects to have a space on the High Street for free. Holly had the space during the week of the election, and created her own poll booth with a twist – members of the public could vote for the political leader that they hated the most (unsurprisingly, Farage took that title in the end).




There was also lots of different activities to take part in inside – colouring in, pin the tail on the political spectrum, a special political version of guess who, dress up as Nigel Farage, protest sign making, designing your own perfect politician.. Holly’s aim is to engage an apathetic public more with the political process.










Holly also re-worked her pop-up poll booth concept for our group London show Studio 350 (another post on that later). Looking ahead to the American presidential election next year, you could vote from a range of old and new candidates.





Art & Illustration Brighton Things I Like

I was in the 5th floor of a building, in a room that gave me panoramic views over Brighton today – it was lovely! Then the fog rolled in, it’s amazing what difference less than an hour can make. Goodbye Brighton wheel, where’d you go?







Brighton Life Photography